Ian Wright tells Sunderland owner to look at Raheem Sterling and re-assess

Ian Wright says Sunderland's transfer spend this summer is nowhere near enough to improve the side to the standard required.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Sunderland's transfer spend this summer is nowhere near enough for survival.

Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 programme on Sunday night that Sunderland owner Ellis Short is misguided if he believes the money put forward for new signings is adequate, considering the limitations which already existed in Dick Advocaat's squad.

He pointed to Premier League leaders Manchester City signing Raheem Sterling for £49 million, as an example of prices rising in the transfer market, and Sunderland's investment being a drop in the ocean.

Wright said: "The money spent isn't going to be enough, whether they have got enough is another matter.

"£21 million is no money in the current climate, a 20-year-old who has barely been in the league one season has gone for £50m. They need spend a lot more than that to stay up."

The pundit admitted he had tipped Sunderland for relegation ahead of the campaign, and has not seen enough to change his view. Even the draw against Swansea City at the weekend he saw as little reason to celebrate.

He added: "They need more money, and need more players. Yes they got a draw, but its a glimmer at end of the tunnel. Your at home, you should be looking to win those games."

Ellis Short had defended the investment into Sunderland's playing staff this summer, writing in programme notes and quoted by The BBC:

"I have funded significant shortfalls each and every season. Has the money been spent wisely?

"No - that much is clear and ultimately that is my fault. But it is not a result of lack of ambition or commitment."


FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch